Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, news, rumours, specs and price

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be unveiled later today, with the stylus hosting handset tipped to make an appearance during Samsung’s IFA 2013 Mobile Unpacked event.

While recent reports have suggested it could feature an integrated fingerprint reader, others have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will line up with a larger battery and the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS in tow.

Hot on the heels of the recently released Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 looks set to be better, and indeed bigger than ever, with the 5.5-inch form factor of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 tipped for a considerable size upgrade. What’s more, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to go head-to-head with the

likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the Huawei Ascend Mate. It is believed that the Note 3 will be unveiled alongside the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

We have compiled a handy one-stop-shop for all your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 needs and desires and will be updating this post regularly until the Note 3 enters the realms of reality, so bookmark it now to keep up to date with all the latest developments.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 News

The cherry on the bulging Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs sheet will be an integrated fingerprint reader, claimed insider sources from the company have suggested. A feature believed to be heading to Apple’s iPhone 5S, a fingerprint scanner would allow for improved security and protect against the introduction of NFC payments.

“A Samsung insider from Samsung R&D, India, confirms the existence of the fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy Note III,” recent reports have stated.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 expected to be made available in both quad-core and octa-core options, latest reports have suggested that the eight-core rendition of the phone is facing delays.

Said to be facing production and overheating issues, the eight-core Exynos 5420 processor hosting version of the Note 3 will now not be available at launch, with the Snapdragon 800 quad-core rendition of the device being the UK’s only option from day one.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to launch in standard black and white colour options with a more vibrant pink handset coming later in the year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 invite

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date

With a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date widely expected to be held in 2013, a selection of recent reports have looked to narrow down the device’s arrival.

Having failed to materialise alongside the S4 as some had predicted, the Note 3 release date has since been pegged for an IFA 2013 unveiling in early September. In recent weeks a flurry of reports have highlighted a single day for the phone’s arrival, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date expected to be confirmed on September 4. Samsung has added backing to these claims by issuing press invites to the next Samsung Unpacked launch event, scheduled for September 4, alongside the phrase “Note the date.”

According to claimed “sources close to the matter,” the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date will follow the September 4 unveiling, with a late September / early October arrival expected to see the stylus bragging device hit retailers within days of the iPhone 5S.

The pre-IFA press day is already set to host the conference of fellow tech giants, Sony. The Note 3 isn’t even the only Samsung product expected to be unveiled on September 4, recent reports out of Samsung’s native Korea have claimed that the Galaxy Note 3 will share centre stage with the Samsung Gear Smartwatch, a product known to be in the works.

“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Samsung’s executive VP Lee Young Hee said in an interview earlier this year. He added: “We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”

Things have changed dramatically since the Note 2’s arrival too, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 not expected to be the largest smartphone on the Samsung roster come launch. Having looked to corner all market niches, the Note 3 has been preceded by an oversized, mid-range smartphone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3.

With the Mega looking lacking the same stylus hosting wares as the Note range, it has been suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will see the ‘phablet’ device sport a new generation of Samsung S-Pen stylus. It is predicted the new S-Pen will offer even more detailed control than the MWC 2013 unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Screen

One of the most hotly contested points of the device’s specs sheet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen is expected to be heading for an increase of size over its predecessor. However, that said, much speculation still remains around exactly what size form factor the stylus hosting device will eventually sport.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 lining up at 5.5-inches in size, up on the 5.3-inch of the original-generation model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been tipped to play host to an even larger display.” Recent “R&D samples” found entering India confirmed that Samsung has tested prototypes with 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch and 6-inch screens.

Although a 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen size has received the most backing from the rumour mill, it is far from a foregone conclusion that this is how big the phone will be, with a 5.99-inch display also being widely banded around.

“Samsung is working on introducing a new phablet using a 5.9-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen,” Korean news outlets recently quoted unnamed Samsung officials as revealing.

Suggesting that Samsung will implement a reduced bezel design to provide as large a screen size within a shell as small as possible, the sources added: “Even if these kinds of sizes ― from 5-inch to 6-inch ― are stretching the limits of traditional pockets, well-made phablets using bezel-less technology have been warmly received. Users prefer bigger phones and they use them more often. Samsung will be more focused on larger phones.”

Adding backing to these claims, further Note 3 rumours have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen will be “6-inches” is size and will see the “screen accounting for 84 per cent” of the phone’s overall size.

What’s more, regardless of the screen’s size, a spattering of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumours have suggested the third-generation device will be the world’s first device to land with a flexible, unbreakable display. Although it is well publicised that Samsung is working on such technologies, it is unlikely that flexible displays are ready for mass production, and, as such, reports to this nature should be taken with a considerable pinch of salt.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs

Latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumours have pointed to a considerable

improvement in the phone’s battery life, with the 3100mAh Lithium-Ion

powerpack in the current Samsung Galaxy Note 2 expected to be bumped to a

hefty 3450mAh offering in the third-generation handset.

According

to claimed sources who have reportedly “seen the engineering sample of

the phablet first hand,” recent reports have predicted that the Samsung

Galaxy Note 3 battery life will be 11 per cent better than on past

models. Although the expected increase in screen size and CPU

performance are sure to have an added drain on this staying power, it is

expected the move to a new low power 3GB DDR3 RAM chip will further aid

battery life.

“Samsung’s new ultra-slim memory solutions will

enable thinner smartphone designs and allow for additional battery

space, while offering a data transfer speed of up to 2,133 megabits per

second (Mbps) per pin,” an official Samsung spokesperson recently stated

at the launch of the company’s new mobile RAM offering.

Alongside

the oversized battery, Android 4.3 has been tipped to run the show,

moving the recently launched software on past the new Google Nexus 7 and

Motorola Moto X. Android 4.3 sees restricted profiles introduced

alongside new Bluetooth Smart support and revised OpenGL graphics

options.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be one of the most powerful phones on the market at launch, rivalling even its flagship sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

“The new handset will be powered by the in-house Exynos octa-core chipset to meet consumer demand for faster data processing and download speeds,” reported insiders recently revealed. They added: “Samsung plans to use the Octa core processor in the upcoming Galaxy Note 3, which will debut later this year.”

While the S4 received octa-core innards in certain market, those nations with 4G connections (UK, US) we handed a 1.9GHz quad-core substitute. It is understood that the same will be true of the Note 3, with the UK rendition of the phone to be a speedy quad-core option.

Arguably more important, the Note 3 specs sheet will benefit from 3GB of RAM according to multiple leaks.  Allowing for improved multitasking and smoother app transitions, the 3GB of memory would be the first for a smartphone device. It has been suggested that next year’s Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature the same option.

On a camera front the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 looks set to host a strong photographic offering, with the same 13-megapixel snapper found within the S4 partnered by a Xenon flash and a second, 2-megapixel snapper up front.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rumours

A range of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumours have claimed the phone will be just 8mm thick. Although it is believed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a design similar to that of an oversized S4, with a slim profile and softly curved edges, a selection of claimed leaks have pointed a boxier, squared off finish.

A selection of rumours which are far from confirmed, the discussions of the Note 3 design have pegged the phone as sporting everything from a squared off plastic finish, to a more luxurious, metal construction. In short, it is unclear as yet exactly how the Note 3 will look.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Price

Price is one area of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that has yet to properly surface in the raft of rumours and leaks that have been doing the rounds. Needless to say, however, based on past Note offerings it isn’t going to be cheap.

The 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sported a near £550 price tag at launch and it is believed the Note 3 will be of a similar position.

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